In the era of globalization, even the most conservative societies become less and less homogeneous. People now are more open to new experiences, are way more tolerant, and are ready to accept the differences, and this is reflected in everything, including dating. In this guide, we’ll talk about the differences between dating cultures and singles worldwide.
Best countries for dating
|Dating rank||Country||Average age of users (male & female)|
|1||Brazil||M – 45 / F – 27|
|2||China||M – 41 / F – 23|
|3||US||M – 48 / F – 27|
|4||Ukraine||M – 34 / F – 20|
|5||Mexico||M – 40 / F – 22|
|6||Philippines||M – 39 / F – 21|
Dating cultures in different countries
We don’t want to generalize things, but obviously, there are different dating patterns and cultures in different regions of the world. How is dating and courtship in Asia different from dating and courtship in Europe or Latin America? Let’s take a look.
Asian dating culture
The dating culture in the Philippines is different from the dating culture in Korea, but there are some rules that are accepted in most Asian countries. First of all, it’s the importance of keeping in touch and regular texting – it’s just a must for a partner who doesn’t want another partner to think they don’t care about them. Second, it’s the appropriate time for physical intimacy, even if it’s just hugs and kisses. Public displays of affection are still discouraged, and the couples need more time to get to know each other better and build a deep emotional connection before they move on to the next stage of their relationship. The importance of parents’ opinion can’t be overestimated, too—for many Asians, disapproval of mother and father means the end of a relationship, so all foreign partners usually do their best to make the best impression on a potential mother- and father-in-law.
Latin dating culture
This culture is a lot different from Asian views of the right courtship and relationships overall. We must emphasize that these countries were under the impact of machismo culture, and though local women don’t always like the toxic masculinity that’s way more common, they still value confidence a lot. A man, for example, should be toxic or too rude, not at all. He may be calm and relaxed, but inner confidence and strength are considered to be the most attractive things in this dating culture. Also, public displays of affection and touches are not only not discouraged—if you don’t kiss or hug your partner, it’s viewed as the absence or lack of interest and affection.
European dating culture
European dating culture is very different depending on what part of Europe it is. In Western Europe, it’s more like American culture—women want to feel like equal partners in everything, under any circumstances, and have negative attitudes towards the traditional distribution of gender roles. In Eastern Europe, women aren’t reliant or dependent on men, but they still think traditional courtship is the best. Unlike Western Europeans, they are likely to expect a man to pay the bill, open the door for a lady, give flowers, etc. As for the rest, however, they are nearly as open-minded as western women—in particular, physical intimacy isn’t considered such a big thing to discuss—it happens when both are ready, and public displays of affection aren’t discouraged, too.
International dating is becoming more and more common. People are not only ready to accept differences, but also have access to more information on different dating traditions. This allows them to find out where they are likely to find the best partner and overcome potential hardships of multicultural dating more easily.